Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven – 5/5 ⭐️

This book is not for everyone but I loved it! It’s really gory and a little hard to imagine at some points but it’s SO well written, and I enjoyed it so much! It’s written by a journalist through a series of interviews. I love this style of story telling and I was entirely hooked and read this book in a day.

Here is the goodreads synopsis:
“Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where “Fun is Guaranteed!” But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares. How could a group of survivors, mostly teenagers, commit such terrible acts? Presented as a fact-finding investigation and a series of first-person interviews, FantasticLand pieces together the grisly series of events. Park policy was that the mostly college-aged employees surrender their electronic devices to preserve the authenticity of the FantasticLand experience. Cut off from the world and left on their own, the teenagers soon form rival tribes who viciously compete for food, medicine, social dominance, and even human flesh. This new social network divides the ravaged dreamland into territories ruled by the Pirates, the ShopGirls, the Freaks, and the Mole People. If meticulously curated online personas can replace private identities, what takes over when those constructs are lost?”

This Lord of the Flies meets Hunger Games. Absolutely incredible but definitely unsettling. Gives you a lot to think about. Wouldn’t recommend for everyone as it’s filled with brutality and gore.

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